Thursday, 28 March 2013

Visiting Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle opens for visitors this weekend, so I thought it would be fun to recap my visit there.

Last summer, I met some friends for a girls' day at Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey). It's positioned in such a stunning location and while it was a wet, rainy day... it all kind of added to the charm as we explored the lush, green gardens in our wellies, and then headed inside to see the rooms where all the TV action happens!

I haven't watched all of Downton Abbey, but it was still fun to visit the different rooms and recall plot turns and twists that I could remember. What surprised me was how much smaller the house felt once we were inside. Of course it's still huge, but it just seemed smaller than I imagined from the episodes. Also, we spotted a pair of running shoes, modern novels and even a pile of coins in one of the rooms. It was kind of weird to think actual present day people live there!

For lunch we thought about eating at Highclere Castle's canteen, but went with our better judgement and visited a local pub called The Yew Tree Inn. Such a delicious lunch of fresh fish and chips and Eton Mess with fresh strawberries (it was English strawberry season when we visited... so good!). Highly recommend. 

If you're wanting to visit Highclere Castle, book ahead here. There are also a limited number of tickets available on the day, but make sure the castle is open first. 
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